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Microsoft has a plan to beat Chromebooks at their own game

Leaked document shows how Windows 10 Cloud devices will stack up against Chromebooks.
Nathan Ingraham
April 21, 2017
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Microsoft is holding an education-focused event on May 2nd, and speculation has indicated that we might see Windows 10 Cloud for the first time. The software is pegged as a low-resource platform that could compete with Google's Chrome OS, which has been making big inroads in EDU markets recently. The latest indication of Microsoft's plan to take Chromebooks on comes from Windows Central, which published a leaked spec sheet showing Windows 10 Cloud minimum specs and performance requirements as compared to Chromebooks.

Assuming this chart is accurate, it gives us a good idea of what sort of hardware we'll be seeing from Windows 10 Cloud devices. The relatively modest specs include 4GB of RAM, a quad-core Celeron (or better) processor and either 32GB or 64GB of storage -- that all sounds a lot like you'll find in a Chromebook. Microsoft is looking to achieve "all-day" battery life for "most students" and super-short boot and wake from sleep times, as well.

What we've seen from Windows 10 Cloud suggests that machines running this new software will only work with Universal Windows Platform apps you get from the Microsoft Store -- traditional Windows software will be out. But for a lot of students, that plus the many web-based apps and services out there will be enough to get a lot of work done. In any event, it looks like we'll know more in less than two weeks, and we'll be at Microsoft's event to cover all the news.

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